What Happened On This Day – 14. März
1991 The Birmingham Six are released
The 6 men had been wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment in 1975 for the IRA Birmingham pub bombings.
1979 Factory Plane Crash in China
At least 200 people are killed when a plane crashes into a factory in China. According to some sources, the plane had previously been stolen by the pilot who was not qualified to fly it.
1960 The leaders of Germany and Israel confer for the first time
15 years after the end of World War II, West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion met at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
1942 For the first time in history, a dying patient's life is saved by penicillin
Although some claim that the pioneering trials at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England resulted in the first cures using penicillin, Orvan Hess and John Bumstead are generally credited with the first documented successful treatment.
1910 The Lakeview Gusher causes the largest accidental oil spill in history
The spill lasted 18 months and 9 million barrels of crude oil were released.
Births On This Day – 14. März
1933 Michael Caine
English actor, author
1879 Albert Einstein
German/American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
1854 Alexandru Macedonski
Romanian author, poet
1854 Paul Ehrlich
German physician, Nobel Prize laureate
1681 Georg Philipp Telemann
Deaths On This Day – 14. März
2014 Tony Benn
1980 Mohammad Hatta
Indonesian politician, 1st Vice President of Indonesia
1883 Karl Marx
1823 John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent
1803 Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock